The weather outside was frightful, but that didn’t stop visitors and residents from filling Poete Street to enjoy the Natchitoches Historic Foundation’s 2nd Annual Christmas Along Poete Dec. 8. Area organizations including Les Amies and Fort St. Jean Baptiste SHS offered free crafts for kids from cookie decorating to corn husk dolls. Mrs. Claus read stories to children nestled on the porch of one of the historic homes located along the street. Christmas carols filled the air with song and NSU nutcracker dancers wowed the crowd with a special performance. Miss Merry Christmas and her Belles mixed and mingled to get everyone in the Christmas spirit.